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A spectacular night with dragons

In a world where Vikings and dragons battle for existence, one boy will change the world.

"How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" brings to life the Dreamworks' movie. Last weekend at the First Niagara Center, the show proved to be truly spectacular.

With a mixture of acrobatics, animatronics and a video background that is nine times bigger than a regular movie screen, this was a one-of-a-kind experience.

Upon finding our seats, the entire arena was abuzz with excitement and anticipation. As the lights dimmed and a hush descended upon the arena, hundreds of glowing blue and red Viking helmets could be seen glittering throughout the crowd. The arena had been divided in half so that the dragons could be kept hidden from view. The barrier that divided the floor was used as a video background, which was a major part of the fascination that held the audience members rooted to their seats. The video background used visuals to transport the audience directly to Burke (Hiccup's home). It enhanced the experience so that you believed that you really were in the heart of an evil mountain or falling through the sky with nothing under you but miles of air. With the help of the video background, you would have thought that you were flying through the sky on the back of a dragon or that flaming wreckage was destroying everything in sight.

Hiccup and Toothless steal the show with their friendship and loyalty. The show is filled with dragons, fire, adventure and breathtaking special effects. The experience was awesome and every seat in the house had an excellent view of the entire show. Children and adults alike were entranced with the adventure unfolding before them. Throughout the show we see Hiccup mature and gain responsibility. Hiccup tries to convince his father that the dragons can be tamed and should be befriended. Hiccup's father, however, refuses to see things Hiccup's way and captures Toothless. Finally, when Hiccup's dad makes it to the island where Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus (the evil, big mama dragon) resides, he realizes that Hiccup was right and releases Toothless. Hiccup and Toothless then swoop in and save the day.

There are 23 dragons used in the show. The movements of the dragons are extremely lifelike and make you believe that, for the duration of the show, the dragons are real. Each dragon is controlled by several people. One person controls the head, another controls the tail, and others the legs.

I highly recommend that you jump at the chance if something like this comes to town again. If you liked the performance, you should either see the Dreamworks' version of the movie or read the books written by Cressida Cowell.

Kayla Reumann is a freshman at Holland High School.